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Lydia, seller of purple

Congregational Church of North Stonington, UCC

May 22nd - Worship With us 10 a.m.

As we worship in Hewitt Hall, feel free to bring a cushion to sit on.

Church School  via Zoom
begins at 
10:15 a.m. 

Masks are now optional for attendees.
We respect your choice to wear one. 

Church Website is:   www.northstoningtonucc.com

Service will be streamed live on Facebook
at 10 am Sunday
Streaming Worship for This Sunday
Virtual Church School
In Worship This Sunday

The Lessons 
Acts 16:9-15         

John 14:23-29

"Living Like Jesus"    Those who obeyed Jesus' teachings were led to interesting destinations, with interesting results.  We hear about Lydia, her life, and how it unfolded. 
Serving in Worship

Matthew Sander, deacon; Paul Ames, Pat Turner, ushers, Matthew Sander, lay reader.
May Craft Fest Sale and Tea & Luncheon - May 21st
Women’s Fellowship is sponsoring the craft fest at the Tea. We need help on Thursday and Friday of that week to set up! Please bring in your craft and gift items to Hewitt Hall.

The Tea and Luncheon will be served Noon till 2:00 pm
The meal will be:
             Quiche – with ham and broccoli or vegetable
             Salad Greens with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
             Roll, Teas, Delicious Tray of Desserts
                                    Donation: $15 - Sr. $10 - Child $8
Complimentary tickets can be purchased for friends                                      
Pre-order Quiche to take home:  $16 each. Order Forms are available.  You can pick up your order on May 21st or 22nd.   Checks payable to CCNS

We Pray For:   healing from the continued effects of  CoVID-19; the grieving; those serving overseas; all battling cancer; all struggling with financial crisis; those working to bear the burdens of others, and the healing of:  Stephanie Murray; Larry; Grace (Teddy) Graber; Janet Allen; George Danley; Mark Ball (Pat Danley’s son);  Mobby Larson’s brother, Steve Brown; Mike Laing; Karen Clarke; Elaine Falk Smith; Susan; Seya's family; Claire Whitney (Sue Pianka's mom); Julie Evans; Mary Wassung; Deb Janda; Jeff Sullivan; and Janet Lewis with a recurrence of cancer.  Our sympathies are extended to Irene Donald upon the death of her sister-in-law Maureen Pudler. 
We also lift up all our local health care workers exposed daily to Covid. 

We now have a campaign on GoFundMe for the sanctuary ceiling.   https://gofund.me/e7596345        
We are also on Givelify.

MISSION:   May is Blanket Month
When our neighbors around the world are in need, even $10 for a single blanket goes a long way. When difficult times happen, a kind and loving response can make all the difference. That’s why the Church World Service Blanket program was created—to give a kind, loving and tangible response to someone facing a difficult time, reminding them that they are not alone. Through the generosity of CWS partner organizations, congregations and individual supporters, our most vulnerable neighbors around the world can feel safe and keep warm with fresh linens and clean sleeping quarters. Mother’s Day Cards are available as you make a donation.

You can donate directly to Ukraine Aid through the UCC...a check written to CCNS with "Ukraine" in memo, or online by clicking the button below. 

Tuesday, 7 pm­:  Senior Choir.  
Thursday, 10:30 am:  Study Group.
                          6 pm:   Centering Circle, pastor's office
                     7:15 pm:  Bell Choir.
June 8th, Wednesday, Noon:  Women's Fellowship Dine-Out Lunch, Breakwater, 66 Water Street, Stonington
Sign up with Monica or at church
Donate to Aid for Ukraine (UCC)
“Now the apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?”                      - Acts 11:1-3 (NRSV)       
                Once, white slaveholders required enslaved Africans to attend pro-slavery worship services.  Their intention?  To keep the status quo of slavery and force obedience through scripture and the name of Jesus.  In so doing they’d preserve their own freedom.  Instead, the slaves found in Jesus both the faith and the code for freedom. “Steal away to Jesus,” they sang. Steal away to freedom.  For freedom just for a few is not freedom.  Just like the good news of Jesus only for a few (or, the-good-news-of-Jesus-for-all-but-exactly-like-we-tell-you) is not the good news of Jesus.
                “Why did you go visit them, Peter? Why did you affirm that they can have the good news of Jesus, too? We thought Jesus was just for us.”
Just for us to have and assign freedom. Only for us to receive grace for our sins and crimes. Only for us to grocery shop without being terrorized. Just for us to legislate the control of women’s bodies.
                When Peter explained  how God gave visions to all people, how the Holy Spirit baptized circumcised and uncircumcised alike—the believers silenced their complaints … and they rejoiced.
                God, have mercy! We cling to “ours” and anger so quickly over “theirs.” Forgive our possessiveness over freedom, over grace, over life, over Jesus himself. Multiply goodness for all on earth as it is in heaven.
     Rachel Hackenberg, a writer in the Still Speaking Devotional group, UCC

Global Ministries Mission Prayers for El Salvador - Holy God, Creator of the Universe, we lift up the people of El Salvador who have long experienced such hardship and violence, and it is increasing.  We lift up the victims of violence and families who grieve.  Be with those seeking to bridge the divides.  Be with the pastors of the Lutheran Synod, many of whom are the women you have called to do your work, just as you called Lydia into your service. Holy God, I also pray for President Bukele and all the elected officials of El Salvador that you may guide them to lead the country to peace and economic security in a society that desires democratic values. 

All Hymns from the (NCH) New Century Hymnal © 1995 The Pilgrim Press, have been granted permission for this one-time use.      
Permission to reprint, podcast, and / or stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE with license #735340-A. All rights reserved.  Permissions granted under CCLI License # 11212116 


Our Ministers:  the Congregation
Susan G. Latourette, Pastor – 860-759-4231, pastorsuel@yahoo.com
Michael G.  Noonan, Director of Music
Kay Lautzenheiser, Christian Education Coordinator
Rosemary Kuemper, Church Secretary
Charlotte Melia, Sexton      
Office hours:  Monday –Thursday, 9 am - 1 pm